PepsiCo finds traces of banned fungicide in its Tropicana orange juice, but levels not high enough to raise government safety concerns

LOS ANGELES , January 16, 2012 () – Officials at PepsiCo Inc. said it found traces of a banned fungicide in its Tropicana orange juice, but the levels found are not high enough to raise government safety concerns, The Wall Street Journal reported Jan. 14.

The announcement comes after the Coca-Cola. Co. confirmed that it alerted the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that it found the fungicide in its Minute Maid brand orange juice.

Use of the fungicide is widespread in Brazil, which supplies orange juice to the U.S. Coke and PepsiCo both import orange juice from Brazil, and according to industry publication Beverage Digest, the two companies are responsible for 59% of U.S. orange-juice sales.

The primary source of this article is The Wall Street Journal, New York, New York, on Jan. 14, 2012.

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